Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced an official government ban on the use of plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam across the island. The ban is aimed at suppressing the amount of plastic waste that is a growing menace to the environment.
Governor Koster said: "That it is my plan to preserve the nature of Bali, as well as to keep the quality of tourism industry.”
The regulation governs the types of plastic and limitation of plastic usage, the use of a product, a regional plan to manage plastic waste, education of the public and their role in managing plastic waste, and funding, as well as reward and administrative sanction. The regulations rewards and penalties are still under the discussion.
In order to educate the public on how they can limit their use of plastic, a team that consists of regional officials, academicians, businesses and NGOs, as well as entertainment and religious figures will help provide education, training, technical support and other activities.
Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs said in 2017 that the growing amount of plastic waste threatens Indonesia’s tourism industry and that the elimination of plastic waste was a priority for the government. Panjaitan said: “Education is important [since by doing that] we can inform the public about the negative effects it has to our environment, especially our oceans, if it’s not managed the right way.”
Panjaitan discussed the dangers of plastic wastes for marine animals, sea birds, and coral reefs. and said that, “Local residents will feel the negative effects of tourists that refuse to return to waste filled tourist destinations.”
In order to prevent this from happening, government officials are determined to reduce the amount of plastic waste by 70% by the year 2025. According to Panjaitan, the government is willing to spend up $1 billion USD yearly in order to materialize the strategies, which will be a significant contribution for the realization of the national program of ‘Waste Free Indonesia’.